Intrecci Cooperativa Sociale: September Update

Date: 20/09/2021

Since January 2021, NextEnergy Foundation has been supporting vulnerable families in the community of Garbagnate Milanese, Milan through Intrecci Cooperativa Sociale’s Solidarity Emporium. The Emporium is a pop-up food shop created to support vulnerable families; families and individuals are free to choose the food and healthcare products available and acquire them through a pre-paid card. The Foundation has sponsored the cost of six pre-paid cards, each for a period of six months. All six cards have now been activated, and the first three cards will expire at the end of September, whilst the remaining three are valid until December 2021.

To date, the cards have aided 10 adults, 8 children and 4 young adults (18-25 years). Many of the adults arrived at the Emporium without a job and part of the support provided by Intrecci, alongside running the Emporium, has been to provide financial training to the families to help them to manage their economic resources effectively and to make the most of the social support they receive.

A further update on the complete support facilitated through the six pre-paid cards will be provided following the expiry of the final card at the end of December 2021.